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Sessional Papers of Canada by Title, English

About the Sessional Papers of Canada by Title Collection (1901 -1925)

The Sessional Papers of Canada by Title (SPCT) brings a 25-year run of Canadian government documents to light by making them digitally accessible to the public and discoverable at the individual sessional paper level.

Sessional papers are a collected series of reports, documents and papers tabled in the House of Commons or Senate. Included are annual reports of departments, boards and Crown corporations, government estimates and pubic accounts, royal Commission and task force reports, election returns, censuses, statistics, government responses to committee reports, papers detailing with government policies and written responses to questions asked in the House and Senate. These documents are important primary sources for the study of the political, social and economic life of Canada.

Before the launch of the SPCT, this wealth of documentary sources was buried in a large paper collection with very limited keyword indexing. In 2007, the University of Toronto Libraries (UTL) partnered with the Internet Archive Canada (IAC) to scan 470 volumes of the Sessional Papers and make them available via the Internet Archive site. In 2009, UTL had also scanned the indexes and developed a finding aid to facilitate the access of this collection. However, researchers were still required to locate the sessional paper numbers across multiple years and multiple volumes in order to access individual documents. In 2013, UTL created metadata for about 1780 sessional papers. IAC, with the assistance of UTL, completed the translusion by manually splitting the scanned content into individual files. In 2016, UTL collaborated with IAC to have the SPTC hosted by Internet Archive.

Serial titles

A great deal of time was spent researching and grouping serial titles together to enhance discovery. The serial groupings with clickable links are listed under the “Topics” on the right hand side of the page. Higgins’s Canadian Government Publications was used to follow the ever-changing names of serial titles, departments and portfolios within departments.

Published dates versus content dates

The annual report of a particular department might be published a few years after the fact. That is why we have both years available. The published dates are included under the field “Published” and are sortable. The content dates are available under the field “Year” and are not sortable.

Are the large maps and foldouts included?

Over 740 large maps and foldouts were scanned separately at UTL and are listed with metadata on the University of Toronto Map & Data Library page for “Canadian Sessional Papers Maps (1901 – 1925)” with both jpeg and tif files. These images are also linked at the volume level of the collection at IA as part of the metadata. Small maps remain within the text of the sessional papers. Ontario Legislative Library supplied most of the foldouts for scanning.

How about the French version and the papers prior to 1901?

The University of Ottawa Library has scanned the French version, and Canadiana.org has scanned the Sessional Papers prior to 1901. Both collections are not part of the SPCT.

About us

We are a group of professionals and graduate students at UTL, IAC and Ontario Legislative Library committed to providing public access to information.

Sam-chin Li is a reference and government information librarian at UTL. Andrea Mills is an archivist at IAC. Marcel Fortin is the Head of the Map and Data Library at UTL. Paul Armstrong is a digital scanner at the Information Technology Services of UTL. Brian Tobin is the manager of Content Management at the Ontario Legislative Library. Graduate student library assistants at UTL contributed many hours to this projects: Margaret Wall, Nich Worby, Mary Gu, Jillian Harkness, Melissa Walter, Julia Reddy, Laura Robb, Zack Macdonald and Rachel Rogers.

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1 Marion Villiers Higgins, Canadian government publications; a manual for librarians (Chicago: American Library Association, 1935).

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Estimates
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Report of the Auditor General
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Annual Report of the Department of Trade and Commerce
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Annual Report of the Department of Indian Affairs
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Annual Report of the Department of Marine and Fisheries: Fisheries
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Annual Report of the Department of Public Printing and Stationery
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Title of report varies. Report not published every year.
Topic: Report of the Public Archives
From 1900 - 1903, this report was titled "Report of the North-West Mounted Police;" From 1904 - 1919, it was titled "Report of the Royal Northwest Mounted Police." From 1920 - 1924, it was titled "Report of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police." In 1906, a supplementary report titled "Supplementary Report of the Royal North-west Mounted Police. Mackenzie River District" was also produced, and is included in this serial record.
Topic: Report of the Royal Northwest Mounted Police
Topic: Report of the Auditor General
1901 Census of Canada issued by the Department of Agriculture; 1911 Census of Canada issued by the Department of Trade and Commerce.
Topic: Census of Canada
From 1909-1918, this report was Part 3 of the 3-part report titled: "Report, Returns and Statistics of the Inland Revenues of the Dominion of Canada." Part 1: "Annual Report of the Inland Revenues of Canada, Excise, etc"; Part II: "Annual Report of the Weights and Measures, Electricity and Gas Inspection Services;" Part III: "Annual Report on Adulteration of Food." Part I continued by the Department of Customs and Inland Revenue in the "Annual Report...
Topic: Annual Report on Adulteration of Food
Topic: Report of the Auditor General
From 1900 - 1903, this report was titled "Report of the North-West Mounted Police;" From 1904 - 1919, it was titled "Report of the Royal Northwest Mounted Police." From 1920 - 1924, it was titled "Report of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police." In 1906, a supplementary report titled "Supplementary Report of the Royal North-west Mounted Police. Mackenzie River District" was also produced, and is included in this serial record.
Topic: Report of the Royal Northwest Mounted Police
From 1900-1911, published as an appendix to the "Report of the Minister of Agriculture." From 1912-1916 published as an appendix to the "Report of the Minister of Trade and Commerce.'
Topic: Criminal Statistics
Topic: List of Shareholders in the Chartered Banks of Canada
Topic: Annual Report of the Department of the Interior
From 1900 - 1903, this report was titled "Report of the North-West Mounted Police;" From 1904 - 1919, it was titled "Report of the Royal Northwest Mounted Police." From 1920 - 1924, it was titled "Report of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police." In 1906, a supplementary report titled "Supplementary Report of the Royal North-west Mounted Police. Mackenzie River District" was also produced, and is included in this serial record.
Topic: Report of the Royal Northwest Mounted Police
This annual report is published in 3 parts. Part I: "Annual Report of the Inland Revenues of Canada, Excise, etc"; Part II: "Annual Report of the Weights and Measures, Electricity and Gas Inspection Services;" Part III: "Annual Report on Adulteration of Food." Part I continued by the Department of Customs and Inland Revenue in the "Annual Report of the Department of Customs and Inland Revenue." Part II continued by the Department of Trade and Commerce as...
Topic: Annual Report on Adulteration of Food
Many annual reports were published as several different papers. Trade statistics are continued by "Annual Report of the Trade of Canada" for report covering 1917 onwards. See also: Annual Report of the Department of Trade and Commerce--Trade of Foreign Countries and Treaties and Conventions; Annual Report of the Department of Trade and Commerce--Subsidized Steamship Service; Annual Report of the Department of Trade and Commerce--Grain Statistics; Annual Report of the Department of...
Topic: Annual Report of the Department of Trade and Commerce
Topic: Report of the Postmaster General
From 1900-1912, issued by Department of Marine and Fisheries; from 1913-1921 issued by the Department of the Interior.
Topic: Report of the Geographic Board of Canada
Continued by "Annual Report of the Department of Customs and Inland Revenue".
Topic: Annual Report of the Department of Customs
The report for 1907 also covers the first 3 months of 1908. The report for 1913 has a misprint error where pg. 209-240 is a reprint of sessional paper 28.
Topic: Report of the Secretary of State
Topic: Report of the dividends remaining unpaid and unclaimed balances in the chartered banks of Canada...
Information continued by "Annual Report of the Department of Customs" and the "Shipping Report".
Topic: Tables of the Trade and Navigation
Topic: Annual Report of the Department of Marine and Fisheries: Marine
Topic: Reports of the Harbour Commissioners
Topic: List of Shareholders in the Chartered Banks of Canada
Topic: Report of the Postmaster General
Continued by "Annual Report of the Department of Customs and Inland Revenue".
Topic: Annual Report of the Department of Customs
Topic: Annual Report of the Department of Railways and Canals
Continued by "Annual Report of the Department of Customs and Inland Revenue".
Topic: Annual Report of the Department of Customs
Topic: List of Shareholders in the Chartered Banks of Canada
Topic: Report of the Minister of Public Works
Topic: Report of the Minister of Public Works
Topic: Annual Report of the Department of Marine and Fisheries: Marine
Many annual reports were published as several different papers. Trade statistics are continued by "Annual Report of the Trade of Canada" for report covering 1917 onwards. See also: Annual Report of the Department of Trade and Commerce--Trade of Foreign Countries and Treaties and Conventions; Annual Report of the Department of Trade and Commerce--Subsidized Steamship Service; Annual Report of the Department of Trade and Commerce--Grain Statistics; Annual Report of the Department of...
Topic: Annual Report of the Department of Trade and Commerce
1906 report issued by Department of Agriculture; 1916 report issued by Department of Trade and Commerce.
Topic: Census of the Northwest Provinces, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta
Topic: Reports of the Harbour Commissioners
From 1900 - 1903, this report was titled "Report of the North-West Mounted Police;" From 1904 - 1919, it was titled "Report of the Royal Northwest Mounted Police." From 1920 - 1924, it was titled "Report of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police." In 1906, a supplementary report titled "Supplementary Report of the Royal North-west Mounted Police. Mackenzie River District" was also produced, and is included in this serial record.
Topic: Report of the Royal Northwest Mounted Police
From 1900 - 1903, this report was titled "Report of the North-West Mounted Police;" From 1904 - 1919, it was titled "Report of the Royal Northwest Mounted Police." From 1920 - 1924, it was titled "Report of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police." In 1906, a supplementary report titled "Supplementary Report of the Royal North-west Mounted Police. Mackenzie River District" was also produced, and is included in this serial record.
Topic: Report of the Royal Northwest Mounted Police
Many annual reports were published as several different papers. Trade statistics are continued by "Annual Report of the Trade of Canada" for report covering 1917 onwards. See also: Annual Report of the Department of Trade and Commerce--Trade of Foreign Countries and Treaties and Conventions; Annual Report of the Department of Trade and Commerce--Subsidized Steamship Service; Annual Report of the Department of Trade and Commerce--Grain Statistics; Annual Report of the Department of...
Topic: Annual Report of the Department of Trade and Commerce
From 1870-1875, this report was titled "Report of the Director of Penitentiaries." From 1876-1920, it was titled "Report of the Minister of Justice as to penitentiaries in Canada," and from 1921-1924 it was titled "Report of the the Superintendent of Penitentiaries."
Topic: Report of the Minister of Justice as to Penitentiaries of Canada
Title of report varies. Report not published every year.
Topic: Report of the Public Archives
Directories
Topic: Civil Service List
Information continued by "Annual Report of the Department of Customs" and the "Shipping Report".
Topic: Tables of the Trade and Navigation
Information continued by "Annual Report of the Department of Customs" and the "Shipping Report".
Topic: Tables of the Trade and Navigation
From 1900-1911, published as an appendix to the "Report of the Minister of Agriculture." From 1912-1916 published as an appendix to the "Report of the Minister of Trade and Commerce.'
Topic: Criminal Statistics
Information continued by "Annual Report of the Department of Customs" and the "Shipping Report".
Topic: Tables of the Trade and Navigation
Topic: Report of the Auditor General
Topic: List of Shareholders in the Chartered Banks of Canada
Topic: List of Shareholders in the Chartered Banks of Canada
Continued by "Annual Report of the Department of Customs and Inland Revenue".
Topic: Annual Report of the Department of Customs
Information continued by "Annual Report of the Department of Customs" and the "Shipping Report".
Topic: Tables of the Trade and Navigation
Topic: Report of the Postmaster General
Topic: Report of the dividends remaining unpaid and unclaimed balances in the chartered banks of Canada...
Many annual reports were published as several different papers. Trade statistics are continued by "Annual Report of the Trade of Canada" for report covering 1917 onwards. See also: Annual Report of the Department of Trade and Commerce--Trade of Foreign Countries and Treaties and Conventions; Annual Report of the Department of Trade and Commerce--Subsidized Steamship Service; Annual Report of the Department of Trade and Commerce--Grain Statistics; Annual Report of the Department of...
Topic: Annual Report of the Department of Trade and Commerce
Topic: Annual Report of the Department of the Interior
Topic: Report of the Postmaster General
Topic: Annual Report of the Department of the Interior
Topic: Report of the Auditor General
From 1900 - 1903, this report was titled "Report of the North-West Mounted Police;" From 1904 - 1919, it was titled "Report of the Royal Northwest Mounted Police." From 1920 - 1924, it was titled "Report of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police." In 1906, a supplementary report titled "Supplementary Report of the Royal North-west Mounted Police. Mackenzie River District" was also produced, and is included in this serial record.
Topic: Report of the Royal Northwest Mounted Police
Reports of the Fisheries Branch covering 1915-1919 were printed under the authority of the Department of the Naval Service and titled "Annual Report of the Fisheries Branch of the Department of the Naval Service.". Report covering 1920 is listed as Department of Naval Service in the Sessional Papers table of contents, but the title page of the paper attributes report to the Department of Marine and Fisheries.
Topic: Annual Report of the Department of Marine and Fisheries: Fisheries
From 1900-1906, this report was produced by the Geological Survey Department; Department of the Interior, with the title "Summary Report of the Geological Survey Department." From 1907-1919, the report was continued by the Department of Mines, as "Summary Report of the Geological Survey Branch of the Department of Mines"; alternate titles during this period (1907-1919) were "Summary Report of the Department of Mines (Geological Survey)" ; "Summary Report of...
Topic: Summary Report of the Geological Survey
1901 Census of Canada issued by the Department of Agriculture; 1911 Census of Canada issued by the Department of Trade and Commerce.
Topic: Census of Canada
Topic: Report of the Postmaster General
Title of report varies. Report not published every year.
Topic: Report of the Public Archives
Topic: Public Accounts of Canada
Continues "Report of the Surveyor General of Dominion Lands".
Topic: Annual Report of the Topographical Surveys Branch
Topic: Report of the Postmaster General
Many annual reports were published as several different papers. Trade statistics are continued by "Annual Report of the Trade of Canada" for report covering 1917 onwards. See also: Annual Report of the Department of Trade and Commerce--Trade of Foreign Countries and Treaties and Conventions; Annual Report of the Department of Trade and Commerce--Subsidized Steamship Service; Annual Report of the Department of Trade and Commerce--Grain Statistics; Annual Report of the Department of...
Topic: Annual Report of the Department of Trade and Commerce
Many annual reports were published as several different papers. Trade statistics are continued by "Annual Report of the Trade of Canada" for report covering 1917 onwards. See also: Annual Report of the Department of Trade and Commerce--Trade of Foreign Countries and Treaties and Conventions; Annual Report of the Department of Trade and Commerce--Subsidized Steamship Service; Annual Report of the Department of Trade and Commerce--Grain Statistics; Annual Report of the Department of...
Topic: Annual Report of the Department of Trade and Commerce
From 1900 - 1903, this report was titled "Report of the North-West Mounted Police;" From 1904 - 1919, it was titled "Report of the Royal Northwest Mounted Police." From 1920 - 1924, it was titled "Report of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police." In 1906, a supplementary report titled "Supplementary Report of the Royal North-west Mounted Police. Mackenzie River District" was also produced, and is included in this serial record.
Topic: Report of the Royal Northwest Mounted Police
Topic: Annual Report of the Department of the Interior
Topic: Annual Report of the Department of the Interior
From 1900 - 1903, this report was titled "Report of the North-West Mounted Police;" From 1904 - 1919, it was titled "Report of the Royal Northwest Mounted Police." From 1920 - 1924, it was titled "Report of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police." In 1906, a supplementary report titled "Supplementary Report of the Royal North-west Mounted Police. Mackenzie River District" was also produced, and is included in this serial record.
Topic: Report of the Royal Northwest Mounted Police
Topic: Report of the Auditor General
The report for 1907 also covers the first 3 months of 1908. The report for 1913 has a misprint error where pg. 209-240 is a reprint of sessional paper 28.
Topic: Report of the Secretary of State
Topic: List of Shareholders in the Chartered Banks of Canada
Topic: Report of the Board of Railway Commissioners for Canada
Topic: Annual Report of the Department of Marine and Fisheries: Marine